Your FOIA Rights

Rights & Responsibilities:

The Rights of Requesters and the Responsibilities of the

Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Program (VASAP)

Under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act

 

 

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.

 

A public record is any writing or recording -- regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format -- that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.

 

The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.

 

 

Your FOIA Rights

 

 

 

Making a Request for Records from the Commission on VASAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To request records from the Commission on VASAP, you may direct your request to Rosario Carrasquillo or Diane Bussée. They can be reached at the Commission on VASAP, 701 E. Franklin St., Suite 1110, Richmond, VA 23219, Phone: (804) 786-5895, Fax: (804) 786-6286, Email: info@vasap.virginia.gov. You may also contact them with questions you have concerning requesting records from the Commission on VASAP. In addition, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA. The Council may be contacted by e-mail at foiacouncil@dls.virginia.gov, or by phone at (804) 225-3056 or [toll free] 1-866-448-4100.

 

 

The Commission on VASAP’s Responsibilities in Responding to Your Request

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Commonly Used Exemptions

 

The Code of Virginia allows any public body to withhold certain records from public disclosure. The Commission on VASAP commonly withholds records subject to the following exemptions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy Regarding the Use of Exemptions

 

 

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